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    I live in Greece and my son sent me an iPhone 3GS (s/n 81944xx which I gather is significant). It was from Orange. I took it to my local Vodafone shop who unlocked it, warning me not to allow it to update. 2 days later it locked again (possibly because I left it connected to my computer, possibly updating automatically). Vodafone had another go with no success. I cannot discover which version of firmware is currently on it. I tried Blackra1n (as the Vodafone man did originally), no success. With more research I have tried Redsn0w, hoping to then use Ultrasn0w. I used this tutorial Tutorial: Jailbreak iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w but it doesn't get past the "waiting for reboot"
    I apologise for the long explanation, this is very new for me and would dearly love to be able to use my iPhone. I am computer-literate but much of the language used on this forum is beyond me.
    Additional information: I have discovered via http://ih8sn0w.com/index.php/welcome.snow that it is baseband 05.12.01
    Bootloader 6.4
    Model: MC131
    Jailbreakable? Only if SHSH is saved (researching now)
    Unlockable? No (I don't understand what the difference is between jailbreakeable and unlockable)
    Tethered? Maybe: Depends if Refurbished
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    Quote Originally Posted by josie1one View Post
    I live in Greece and my son sent me an iPhone 3GS (s/n 81944xx which I gather is significant). It was from Orange. I took it to my local Vodafone shop who unlocked it, warning me not to allow it to update. 2 days later it locked again (possibly because I left it connected to my computer, possibly updating automatically). Vodafone had another go with no success. I cannot discover which version of firmware is currently on it. I tried Blackra1n (as the Vodafone man did originally), no success. With more research I have tried Redsn0w, hoping to then use Ultrasn0w. I used this tutorial Tutorial: Jailbreak iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w but it doesn't get past the "waiting for reboot"
    I apologise for the long explanation, this is very new for me and would dearly love to be able to use my iPhone. I am computer-literate but much of the language used on this forum is beyond me.
    Additional information: I have discovered via iH8sn0w.com | Jailbreak your iPod touches and iPhones that it is baseband 05.12.01
    Bootloader 6.4
    Model: MC131
    Jailbreakable? Only if SHSH is saved (researching now)
    Unlockable? No (I don't understand what the difference is between jailbreakeable and unlockable)
    Tethered? Maybe: Depends if Refurbished
    This is a very common question and you have found the answers yourself. We don't recommend any tools from ih8sn0w on this forum (they re-use code from the dev-team without permission). The answers you got from f0recast are correct. You need to jailbreak before you can unlock.

    The jailbreak/unlock performed by your local Vodaphone shop is what is called a software unlock. Now you have accidentally updated the iPhone OS, you have no options right now.

    Give it a few weeks, both a new jailbreak and unlock exist, but won't be released for OS 3.1.3. At best they will be released after it is verified that they work for the iPad / OS 3.2 also. At worst, the unlock will not be released until a new iPhone mdoel is released in June/July.

    This topic has been discussed so much already. Next time use search before you post. Closing thread.
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